WEDNESDAY 7:30 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12. (813) 248-9500
Named for the '70s satirical film starring Truman Capote, Murder By Death is a twangy alt-rock treat. Gutsy growls over far-fetched tales of dirty brawling and drunken debauchery are the norm here. On Sometimes the Line Walks You, singer Adam Turla playfully proclaims, "I've had a cracked rib or two. I guess I've busted more. I've laid a couple out on the coolin' board." Johnny Cash is the obvious influence, but Murder By Death's marching rhythms, dark cello and punk touches make them a distinctive indulgence.
Uh Huh Her
SATURDAY 8 p.m. Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave., Ybor City. $12-$15. (813) 248-9500
While Leisha Hailey is recognized more for her role in Showtime's The L Word, her work in L.A. band Uh Huh Her glistens with a full-time flair. With superb singer-producer-multi-instrumentalist Camila Grey, Uh Huh Her combines ambient synths, cosmic-rock riffs and luscious vocals. At times (Explode), it's extra electronic and fuzzy and resembles Ladytron. Sometimes it's softer pop-rock (Say So). And at its finest, it's somewhere in between, like on the new Not a Love Song. Look for the first full-length album at the end of May.
H. Vidal's B-Day Bash
With Aych, J-Rod, Treal, Shatik, Acafool, J Streetz, Jolli Boi, Riskay
SATURDAY 10 p.m. Club 360, 1609 E 7th Ave., Ybor City. $10. (813) 965-2278
Some of local hip-hop's biggest names will come together to celebrate Wild 98.7 DJ H. Vidal's "grown-ass man" birthday. Tbt* ultimate artist Aych's got rhymes you'll love, and Orlando's Treal has the bachelor anthem I'm Not Locked Down. And Bartow leading lady Riskay, with current hit Smell That Chick, will make an appearance.
CTQ Wing Ding featuring Clint Black
With Phil Stacey, Cas Haley, Vince Mira, Chuck Wicks, Jeff Bates, Rockie Lynne
SATURDAY 11 a.m. Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. $15-$20. (941) 552-4800
Country star Clint Black already has nine platinum albums under his buckle, so maybe stand-up comedy just seemed like a logical next step. Earlier this week, Black performed his routine on CBS' Secret Talents of the Stars, going head to head with a tap- dancing Mya, and a contorting Sasha Cohen. But wackiness aside, Black will return to his country croon-tune roots Saturday in Sarasota, along with American Idol's Phil Stacey, America's Got Talent's Cas Haley and others.
With Dan Potthast, Zox
SUNDAY 7 p.m. State Theater, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 895-3045
Streetlight Manifesto is back in full skankin,' cheek-bubblin' style on its "41 Days, 41 Nights" tour. And the proposal remains the same — blast exultant ska-punk until the place is overheating. They've played with Less Than Jake, NoFX, and Reel Big Fish.
Gleaming Amoebas open mike series
SUNDAY 8 p.m. Dave's Aqua Lounge,10820 Gandy Blvd. St. Petersburg. (727) 576-1091
St. Pete rock trio Gleaming Amoebas will host a new Open Mic series at Dave's Aqua Lounge each Sunday. Folks can bring their books, boomerangs, banjos, or even projector-friendly slides, they say.
Saves the Day
With Metro Station, Armor for Sleep, Set Your Goals
WEDNESDAY 6 p.m. State Theater, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $17-$20. (727) 895-3045
Young up-and-comers Armor For Sleep and Metro Station join vets Saves the Day for a show that comes one night after a similar show by The Starting Line, Bayside, and Four Year Strong. With their powers combined, this could have become a modern pop-rock fest of sorts. Armor For Sleep may be on the fastest track to fame, recently announcing their spot on Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour this summer.
The Vera Violets Fri. With Morningbell, Triangle Shirt Factory. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 Eighth Ave. E., Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Craig Morgan Fri. 7 p.m. The Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $9.95. (813) 987-2855.
The Independents Fri. 8 p.m. With the Dead Popes, the Redliners, How Dare You, DJ Nemesis. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10. (813) 241-8600.
Country Slashers Sat. 9 p.m. With November Foxtrot Whiskey, Brahm Bones. New World Brewery, 1313 8th Ave E, Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
Dub Conscious CD Release Sat. 8 p.m. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $7-$10. (813) 971-0666.
Todd Rundgren Sat. 7:30 p.m. Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. $32.50-$40. (813) 274-8982.
The Drive Home Sat. 7 p.m. Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue S, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 864-8894.
Will Hoge Sun. 6 p.m. With Have Gun Will Travel. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$15. (813) 971-0666.
Julian Marley Sun. 7 p.m. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. $15-$40. (727) 895-3045.
The Starting Line Tues. 6:30 p.m. With Bayside, Four Year Strong, Steel Train. Jannus Landing, 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-3045.
Jim "Kimo" West Sun. 6 p.m. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. mypalladium.org.
Voodoo Organist Wed. With Worldwide Zoo, Super Secret Best Friends. 9 p.m. New World Brewery, 1313 Eighth Ave. E, Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969.
VHS or Beta Thurs. With Tigercity, Pemberley. 8 p.m. Crowbar, 1812 N 17th St., Ybor City. $10-$13. (813) 241-8600.